Russian Indictments Linked to U.K. Poisonings

The New York Times is reporting that a Russian agency indicted in the Mueller investigation last week may be linked to the poisonings in the United Kingdom.

On July 5 a British couple were poisoned by the Russian nerve agent Novichok outside Salisbury, where a former Russian spy and his daughter were also poisoned by the same agent just four months earlier.

Last week, 12 Russian nationals were indicted for interference in the 2016 U.S. elections in favor of our current president; it now appears that one of the intel agencies implicated in the indictment may be linked to the pair of poisonings.

Sergei Skripal is a former Russian spy turned informant for MI6 (Britain’s intelligence agency) living in the U.K. with his daughter, Yulia.

Back in March, he and his daughter were both attacked and poisoned with the uniquely Russian nerve agent Novichok.

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Then, on July 5, Charlie Rowley (45) and Dawn Sturgess (44) were attacked with the same nerve agent in the town of Amesbury — they were treated at Salisbury District Hospital,  the same hospital where Skripal and his daughter received treatment.

Sadly, Sturgess succumbed to the poison.

Rowley regained consciousness last Tuesday; it is reported that his first reaction was to mourn the death of his girlfriend, Sturgess.

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The nerve agent was apparently hidden in a bottle of perfume.

Now, the New York Times is reporting that agents of a Russian intelligence agency known as GRU are most likely responsible for at least the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter.

Naturally, the Russians have continued to deny any involvement in either of the episodes, even going so far as to claim provocation.

“Russia is in no way involved in this episode. We consider this whole thing a major provocation.”  — Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov

However, the GRU has been included in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 12 different Russian nationals and has been accused of maintaining a “sustained effort” to hack and interfere with Democratic party systems, including email servers.

It is also being reported that the agency was directly involved in the Russian war in Ukraine as well as the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014.

All of this comes as the president prepares to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland on July 16.

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The U.S. president has received pressure from Democrats and Republican Senator John McCain (AZ) to cancel the meeting in light of the indictments, or to at least promise to confront Putin and demand an explanation for his country’s interference.

The chances of that, as we know, are unfortunately slim.

The likelihood of the president confronting Putin grew even slimmer yesterday evening when, following a disastrous NATO summit, the president called the European Union a “foe” in trade.

 

 

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